Created: 2012-03-20 09:17
Updated: 2019-03-06 16:05
License: gpl-3.0


Dare to ASQ!

What is it?

ASQ is a simple yet powerful query tool. It's self hosted, and works with MySQL 5.5+, PostgreSQL 9+ and SQLite 3+. It's ideal to use for your business intelligence: run complex queries and export them to CSV (or maybe GDocs in the future). Once a query is stored, anyone in the team can run it, to see what the current results are.


ASQ is released under GPL v3 License, see the file LICENSE.


  • Install the MySQL Ruby Gem;
  • Clone repository with git clone asq;
  • Open folder with cd asq;
  • Create a copy of Gemfile.EXAMPLE and name it Gemfile. Uncomment the DB adapter you want to use.
  • Install bundles with bundle install;
  • Create a database asq_queries;
  • Import the needed install_YOUR_DB.sql where YOUR_DB is either mysql, postgresql or sqlite;
  • Edit config.EXAMPLE.yml to desired settings (be sure to rename for example mysql to database to use MySQL) and save it as config.yml;
  • Run with bundle exec rackup;
  • Open http://localhost:9292 in your browser;
  • Log in and query away!

Running on Docker

A docker-compose.yml is included for convenience.

  • cp .env.example .env
  • Update .env to fit your environment.
  • docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml up


The person who is able to access ASQ, can run any query he or she wants. It's strongly adviced to use a separate MySQL user with only SELECT query permissions. Otherwise a simple DROP DATABASE foo can ruin your site/app.

At Springest we run ASQ on a mirror with slight delay of the working database, to not overload the working database with heavy queries.

Arguments in queries

  • Open the add/edit a query dialog.
  • On the place where you want to use an argument, insert one of the following things:
[STRING:Name_of_the_string;default=hallo] for a string with default value 'hallo' (without quotes).
[DATE:Month;type=month] for a month (will be padded like this if the input is `2012-05-13`): `2012-05-01`
[DATE:Some_year;type=year,compact=true] for a year that will not be padded on the right.
[STRING:SubjectName;] for an autosuggest served from table 'subject' column 'name'.

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  • Login to Google Apps and export to Google Docs;
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